Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Boise State's Big Break


So, I was discussing the triviality of the BCS with Zach Gibson and he told me that I should blog about my thoughts.  I do thank him for his help in starting this blog spot, but I think this might have been his nice way of saying that I should vent my frustrations on-line instead of to him while on his "off-time."  It's cool, but back to the task at hand Boise St. Football and the break of a life time of which they have received.  "The formation of the Mountain West Conference"  also known as the MWC.  Ever since the formation of this new conference in 1999 the WAC conference was stripped of greats such as BYU, Utah, TCU, and we'll even throw in San Diego State (and I have no idea why.) Now, I think it should be noted that the Broncos of Boise didn't join the WAC from the Big Sky Conference until 2001, and since that time they have dominated this weak sauce conference.  So, the point of my blog today is to simply state that those of the smurf-turf should give thanks to the BCS Gods every day of their life for the formation of the Mountain West Conference which has allowed them a cushy schedule which has equalled a top ten ranking this year.  I almost forgot, and I must give them props, but they did venture out and beat the Oregon Ducks of the Crap 10 by 5 points.  

  PS. Who is your pick for this weeks conference nail biter Boise State or The Vandals of Idaho?  

3 comments:

Thome said...

So how does it make you feel that the bronco's of boise of the "weak sauce" WAC beat your boomer sooners of the mighty Big 12? Yes I know this was two years ago but it is still relivant since they were in the same "weak sauce" conference. Just curious as to how you explain away that?

Q. Patrick Merrill said...

Here’s a By-The-Numbers look at what Boise State has accomplished since 1999.

108 Total Number of Wins, the best in the nation.

97.0 Home Winning Percentage (64-2 record), the best in the nation.

93.3 Conference Winning Percentage (70-5 record), the best in the nation.

70 Number of Conference Wins, the best in the nation.

60-4 Overall Record in WAC Games, a winning percentage of 93.8%.

57 Rushing Touchdowns by Ian Johnson to tie the WAC All-Time Record.

53 First Team All-Conference Players (not including 2008).

45 Non-Offensive Touchdowns Scored.

40.7 Points Per Game Scoring Average, the best in the nation.

36 Games played on National Television (30-6 record).

31 Straight WAC Wins from 2001-2005, a conference record.

31 Straight Home Wins from 2001-2005, a school record.

31 Games With 50+ Points.

12 NFL Draft Picks.

10 Straight Winning Seasons.

9 Bowl Appearances (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008).

8 Conference Championships (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008).

8 10-Win Seasons (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008).

7 Consecutive Years Ranked in the Top 25.

7 Years Ranked in Top 10 Nationally in Scoring Offense.

6 WAC Championships in 8 Years in the Conference.

6 Undefeated Conference Seasons (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008).

5 Seasons With 11 or More Wins (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008).

5 Bowl Championships (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006).

5 Quarterbacks to Lead Broncos to a 10-Win Season and Bowl Appearance (Bart

Hendricks, Ryan Dinwiddie, Jared Zabransky, Taylor Tharp and Kellen Moore).

5 Seasons Ranked in the Final Top 25 Poll.

5 Boise State’s Season Ending National Ranking in 2006, the highest in school history.

3 Unbeaten Regular Seasons (2004, 2006 and 2008).

3 Seasons Ranked in the BCS Top 10 (2004, 2006, 2008).

3 Different Head Coaches to Win a Conference Championship and Bowl Game

(Dirk Koetter, Dan Hawkins and Chris Petersen).

2 Running Backs to go over 4,000 Yards Rushing (Brock Forsey and Ian Johnson).

1 BCS Bowl Championship (2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl).

0 Seasons With Fewer Than 8 Wins.

Would Boise St. have this much success if they were playing in the Pac-10, or Big 12 for the last decade? Probably not, but they've shown they can give the big boys a run for their money in any given game.
A team can't do much about how weak the rest of their conference is, but no team has dominated their conference like Boise St. has, especially so quickly after being promoted to a D-I school.
Yes, the WAC is weak, but not any weaker than the MAC, C-USA, or Sun Belt.
I guess my point is why the heck haven't any better conferences extended an invitation to Boise St. to join their conference. This year I think Boise St. could've finished 2nd in the Pac-10 or challenged for the Big 12 North Title, and I would've loved to see what they could've done against Utah, TCU, and BYU in the MWC.

wayne bass said...

Those are some impressive stats man, thanks for helping prove my point. I have no idea why they haven't been invited to a better conference. I do think that they should be put into the MWC, and see how they do before giving them the BCS nod. I don't know how this is determined but with Boise in the MWC perhaps that will help the conference become a BCS conference